Register No 21685R
RULES OF THE
WATH BROW HORNETS
CLUB AND INSTITUTE LIMITED
Registered under the industrial
And Provident Societies Act 1965
Registered under the Industrial
And Provident Societies Act 1965
INDEX OF RULES
Rule Heading Page
I NAME, OBJECTS AND POWERS 3
1 Name 3
2 Definitions 3
3 Objects 3
4 Powers of the Club 3
5 Limits on Powers 5
II MEMBERSHIP 5
6 Members 5
7 Share Capital 7
III GENERAL MEETINGS 7
8 General Meetings 8
9 Annual General Meetings 8
10 Special General Meetings 10
11 Rules 10
IV OFFICES AND COMMITTEE 11
12 Powers of the committee 11
13 Committee Members Interests 11
14 Officers 12
15 Committee 12
16 Vice-Presidents 13
V FINANCE 13
17 Club Finance 13
18 Subscriptions 13
19 Match Tickets 14
20 Auditors 14
VI STATUTORY PROCEDURES 14
21 Registered Office 14
22 Use of the Name of the Club 14
23 Seal 14
24 Register of Members 15
25 Inspection of Books 15
26 Annual Return 15
27 Publication of Accounts 15
28 Registration 15
29 Dissolution 16
VII GENERAL 16
30 Licensing 16
31 Continuity 16
32 Indemnity 16
33 Notices 17
34 Arbitratation 17
35 Interpretation 17
36 Child Protection 17
37 Schedule of Definitions 18
The society shall be called the Wath Brow Hornets Amateur Rugby League Football
Club and Institute Limited.
Wath Brow Hornets A.R.L.F.C. Club and Institute Limited, Wath Brow, Cleator, Cumbria, CA23 3EW.
Except where the context otherwise permits or requires, the words and expressions listed in the schedule of Definitions set out in Rule 37 shall bear the meanings given to them therein.
The principal object of the Club shall be to provide facilities for and promote participation by the whole community in the Game and in pursuance of such principal object; the ancillary objects of the Club shall be to:
3.1 Promote encourage and foster the game for the benefit of the members including (but not limited to) the coaching there of at all levels.
3.2 Promote, encourage and foster the game at all levels in the area of the ground and the surrounding areas.
3.3 Ensure that the game is played in accordance with the Laws of the Game and is administered in accordance with the RFL Regulations and Rules.
3.4 Undertake such matches and fixtures and other activities as the committee may decide.
3.5 Maintain and develop the Ground at Wath Brow Hornets A.R.L.F.C or such other location as the Committee may from time to time determine as the headquarters of the Club and as a venue for playing the Game and conducting the other activities of the Club so as to provide the best possible facilities for Members and those visiting the Ground.
3.6 Strengthen the bonds between the Club and local community, in the areas surrounding the club.
3.6.1 Provide and foster other sports and activities for the benefit of the local community but
not limit to:
3.6.2 Entering a team under the name Wath Brow Hornets FC in the Egremont and District Senior League
3.6.3 Entering a Ladies netball team in local competition
3.6.4 Providing a fitness suite for all Members throughout the year.
4. Powers of the Club
To further its objects the Club shall have the power to do all such things as are incidental
or conductive to the objects of the Club including (but not limited to) all or any of the following:
4.1 Either directly or indirectly to employ, invest and deal with the assets and funds of
the Club in such manner as shall be considered by the committee to be expedient,
and to do all such acts and things and carry on all such other activities(including but not limited to) leasing, subleasing, releasing, renting, acquiring, altering, erecting, holding,
selling, improving, developing, repairing, hiring, lending, with or without security or
other wise dealing with real and personal property of other kind, as shall be considered by
the committee to be necessary or expedient for the purposes of the club or the advancement of its interests.
4.2 To raise or borrow money for the purposes of or in connection with the activities of the club or any of them as the committee thinks fit in accordance with the following
4.2.1 Any sum or sums raised or borrowed maybe on mortgage, charge, bonds or debentures
on all or any of the funds or property of the Club whether or not including any floating
charge of the whole or part of the undertaking property and assets of the Club both present
4.2.2 At the time of any borrowing the sum of the amount then remaining undischarged of
monies borrowed and of the amount of the proposed borrowing shall not exceed
£100,000 or such sum as the Members in General Meeting may from time to time determine.
4.2.3 The rate of interest payable at the time the terms of borrowing are agreed on any money borrowed shall not exceed the rate of interest which in the opinion of the Committee
represents the market rate of interest for borrowings of similar amount and on similar terms
prevailing at that time except that in the case of a mortgage loan the Committee may
delegate the determination of the interest rate within specified limits to an Officer,
Committee Member or Sub Committee.
4.2.4 The Committee may determine from time to time (subject to Rules 4.2.1, 4.2.2 and 4.2.3) the terms and conditions upon which monies raised or borrowed or security is issued and may vary such terms and conditions.
4.2.5 No person lending money to the Club shall be concerned to see or enquire whether either
of the limits imposed by Rule 4.2.2 or Rule 4.2.3, is exceeded at the time of the
borrowing or issue and if either or both of such limits were to be exceeded no borrowing
incurred in excess of such limits shall be invalid unless such person had received express
notice to this effect at the time of borrowing.
4.3 To give any security or securities whether by way of mortgage or otherwise for the
performance of any contracts or any debts, liabilities or obligations of the Club or any
of its subsidiaries or other persons or corporations in whose business or undertaking the
Club is interested, or to whom in respect of whom the Club has given any personal
covenant, guarantee or indemnity, whether directly or indirectly and collaterally or
further to secure any obligation of whatever nature the Club by a trust deed or other
4.4 To accept and grant sponsorship and franchises and make such arrangements in
connection therewith as the Committee shall think fit.
4.5 To apply for and hold any licences, consents, certificates, permissions and approvals that may be required for or in connection with the activities of the club and (among other
to provide catering and such facilities as the Committee shall consider desirable.
4.6 To invite, receive and make donations for or otherwise promote or assist in the
development or continuance of facilities for the Game, for the benefit of the Club
or any other Community Amateur Sports Club or registered charity.
4.7 To support (whether by direct subscription, the giving of guarantees or otherwise) any
Community Amateur Sports Club or any charitable institution or organisation, or any event
or purpose of a public or general nature, the support of which will or may, in the opinion of the Committee directly or indirectly benefit, or is calculated so to benefit, the Club.
4.8 To promote, arrange and organise competitions and entertainments in connection with the
Game and any other sport or recreation.
4.9 To engage such officials and employees upon such terms and at such remuneration as the
Committee may deem appropriate, and to dismiss or retire any of them as may be necessary.
4.10 To provide pensions, insurances and other benefits to employees or ex-employees of the
Club or the dependants and relatives of any such persons and to establish and maintain
or concur in establishing and maintaining trusts, funds, schemes or other arrangements
(whether contributory or non-contributory) with a view to providing such benefits including
(but not limited to) retirement benefits and/or life assurance schemes.
4.11 To maintain bank accounts in credit or overdrawn on such terms as the Committee shall
think fit including the giving of guarantees and indemnities in respect of direct debits and
other money transmission or collection systems whether pursuant to Rule 17.5 or otherwise.
4.12 To pass such resolutions, regulations and instructions which shall be binding on all Members
as are considered necessary for the better management, organisation, administration and regulation of the Club.
4.13 To settle, conduct, enforce or resist either in a court of law or by arbitration any suit, debt,
liability or claim by or against the Club.
5 Limits on Powers
5.1 Exercise of the powers contained in Rule 4 shall, notwithstanding any other provision of
these Rules, be subject to the following restrictions and limitations:
5.1.1 The Club shall not enter into any agreement with a Member for the supply of goods or
services to the Club unless such agreement is on arms length terms and has been approved at
a meeting of the Committee without the Member concerned being present;
5.1.2 The engagement by the Club of any official or employee who is also a Member shall be on
arms length terms and approved at a meeting of the Committee without the Member
concerned being present; and
5.13 The Club shall not make any payments to Members for playing the Game.
6.1 The Members of the Club shall be the persons whose names are for the time being entered in
the Register of Members. Membership of the Club shall be open to all persons irrespective
of ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or beliefs; of age, sex or disability
except as a necessary consequence of the requirements of the Game as a sport. The Club’s
facilities shall be available to Members without discrimination.
6.2 The Committee may (subject to the provisions of Rule 7) offer such categories of
membership of the Club with such qualifications, application procedures and conditions,
duties and privileges, subscriptions and in such numbers as it may from time to time decide
but always on the basis that every Member shall have one vote. Details of categories,
qualifications, application procedures and conditions, duties and privileges of membership in
force from time to time shall be kept by the Secretary and shall be available for inspection by
Members at all reasonable times.
6.3 Details of any entrance fee and the subscription payable by each category of membership as
determined under Rule 18 shall be kept as in Rule 6.2 by the Secretary.
6.4 The Committee shall have the power to admit to membership any person in accordance with
the application procedures and conditions for the time being applicable under Rule 6.2
but membership of the Club shall be open to all without discrimination on any grounds
whatsoever including for these purposes discrimination on the grounds of attainment of a
certain standard of performance. The Club may refuse membership or expel from
membership only for good and sufficient cause, or where the membership or continued
membership of the person concerned would be likely to be contrary to the best interests of
the Game or the good conduct and interests of the Club. Appeal against such a decision may
be made to the Members and decided by a majority vote.
6.5 The Committee may elect (subject to confirmation at the next following Annual General
Meeting of the Club) as an Honorary Member of the Club any person, whether and existing
member or not, whose membership whether for services to the Club, to the Game, or for any
other reason the Committee considers to be especially desirable in the interests of the club
. An Honorary Member shall be a Member with all the rights duties and privileges of
membership of the Club but without any obligation to pay any entrance fee or subscription.
The Committee shall have power to terminate the honorary membership of any person at any
time if it considers such action to be in the interests of the Club so to do.
6.6 No person may be accepted as a candidate for membership under the age of sixteen years
and the purported admission of a person under the age of sixteen shall be void.
6.7 The Committee shall have power to create a class of persons called juniors or with such
other title as the Committee may decide using as criteria, age, and ticket holding or
otherwise as it shall think fit. Such persons shall not be Members within these Rules and
they shall have such rights, privileges and obligations as the Committee shall decide.
Any person recognised in this class shall cease to be entitled to such recognition on attaining
the age of eighteen years.
6.8 It shall be the duty of every Member to advise the Secretary promptly of each change of address All notices and letters dispatched by post to a Member at the address registered in
the Register of Members (which shall be conclusive proof thereof) shall be deemed to have
been promptly delivered pursuant to Rule 33.
6.9 A Member may resign from the Club at any time by giving to the Secretary written
notice of the intention so to do provided that the Member shall remain liable for all
monies then due and owing to the Club.
6.10 The President or Secretary or any person appointed by either of them shall have the power to
order the withdrawal from the Ground of any Member who is in breach of any of these
Rules, any Regulation or any Rule or Regulation of the RFL which is applicable to the
Ground or its use by Members or who otherwise is, in the opinion of the President or
Secretary or their appointee or appointees, guilty of misconduct.
6.11 The Committee shall have power to terminate or suspend for such period as it thinks fit the
Membership of or to reprimand a member for any infringement of these Rules, any
Regulations, the Rules or Regulations of the RFL, the Laws of the Game or the IRL
Regulations or for any conduct prejudicial to the interest of the Club or the Game
The procedure for the exercise of this power shall be prescribed by the Committee and details
thereof shall be kept by the Secretary and be available for inspection by Members
at all reasonable times.
6.12 A member shall cease to be a Member:
6.12.1 On resignation
6.12.2 On termination of membership by the committee
6.12.3 On death
6.13 Each person who is in membership with the Club at the date these Rules take effect pursuant to Rule 28 shall be admitted to membership in accordance with Rule 6.4 and any person in membership at that date under the age of sixteen years shall be granted the status of a junior in accordance with Rule 6.7.
7 Share Capital
7.1 The capital of the Club shall consist of shares of the value of five pence each.
7.2 Every member of whatever category shall hold one share and no more in the capital of the Club No person who is not a Member shall be issued with a share.
7.3 Each member of the Club at the date these Rules takes effect pursuant to Rule 28 (other than those under the age of sixteen years) shall be allotted one share and five pence of the subscription then next paid by each Member shall be applied in paying up the same in full.
7.4 Any Member admitted to membership after the date on which these Rules take effect shall be allotted one share on admission and five pence of the first subscription paid by such Member shall be applied in paying up the same in full.
7.5 In the case of a share allotted to an Honorary Member either upon these Rules taking effect or upon admission to membership thereafter pursuant to Rule 6.5 such share shall be credited as fully paid by way of a capitalisation of any profits of the reserves of the Club and the Committee shall have power to take all steps necessary to give effect to this Rule.
7.6 No share shall be held jointly, be withdraw able or be transferable by any Member and no interest, dividend or bonus shall be payable on any share.
Any Member transferring or attempting to transfer a share or any interest therein or any rights associated therewith shall, if the committee so decides be deemed to have resigned from the Club as from that date of such transfer or attempted transfer.
7.7 The share of a Member shall be forfeited to the Club when that Member for whatever reason ceases to be a Member and any amount then due to the Member in respect of such share shall thereupon become the property of the Club.
7.8 The Club shall not be required to issue a certificate to any member in respect of the share allotted to that Member.
III GENERAL MEETINGS
8 General Meetings
8.1 All General Meetings shall be held at the Ground or elsewhere as the Committee may determine and any such meeting other than an Annual General Meeting shall be called a Special General Meeting.
8.2 The Chairman of all such meetings shall be the President of the Club or if unavailable the Immediate Past President or if unavailable a Member of the Committee appointed at the Meeting concerned to take the Chair for that Meeting.
8.3 Every Member shall be entitled to attend and vote at any General Meeting
The procedure for the casting of votes shall be determined by the Chairman of the Meeting.
8.4 The quorum at any General Meeting shall be 20 Members.
8.5 If within thirty minutes after the time appointed for General Meeting a quorum is not present, the Meeting, if convened on the requisition of Members shall be dissolved, and in every other case it will stand adjourned to such other day and at such time and place, or be dissolved, as the committee shall determine.
8.6 All resolutions shall be decided by a majority of votes recorded except where:
8.6.1 These Rules provide for a special resolution which shall require a majority of at least two-thirds of the votes recorded, or
8.6.2 A resolution is put to an Annual General Meeting as contemplated by rule 220.127.116.11, in which case the provisions of the Act as to voting shall apply.
8.7 A declaration by the Chairman of a General meeting to the effect that a particular resolution has been passed or not passed by a particular majority or not shall (subject to the Act) be final and binding on all Members.
8.8 A General Meeting shall not be invalidated by reason only of any Member accidentally failing to receive a notice thereof or any accompanying document relating thereto.
8.9 The procedure for conduct of General Meetings shall be prescribed by the Committee and details thereof shall be kept by the Secretary and be available for inspection by Members at all reasonable times.
9 Annual General Meetings
9.1 Not later that 31st December in every year a General Meeting shall be held (to be known as the Annual General Meeting) for the transaction of the following business:
9.1.1 To consider and approve (with or without amendment) the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting.
9.1.2 To receive and approve a report from the Committee on the affairs of the Club since the previous Annual General Meeting.
9.1.3 To receive and approve a Financial Statement for the preceding financial year where necessary in law or where the members require the Auditors report thereon.
9.1.4 To elect the officers for the ensuring year.
9.1.5 To elect Vice Presidents.
9.1.6 To confirm any elections of Honorary made by the Committee during the preceding year.
9.1.7 To elect Members of the Committee for the ensuing year.
9.1.8 Where necessary in law or where the members require:
18.104.22.168 To appoint the Auditors for the ensuing year, or
22.214.171.124 To consider a resolution disapplying the provisions of the Act relating to the obligation to
9.1.9 To consider as a special resolution any addition or alteration to these rules duly proposed in
accordance with Rule 9.5.
9.1.10 To consider any other motion or business duly proposed in accordance with Rule 9.5.
9.1.11. To consider any other business of which due notice shall have been given.
9.1.12 To hear any other relevant matter for the consideration of the Committee during the ensuing
year, but on which no voting shall be allowed.
9.2 Notice of every Annual General Meeting stating the date, time and venue of such Meeting
shall be sent to all Members so as to be received not less than two clear weeks prior to
the date of the Meeting with the agenda of the business to be considered there at and with a
copy of the Club’s Financial Statement for the preceding financial year.
9.3 The election of the Officers shall be subject to the following provisions.
9.3.1 Any Member shall have the right to make nominations, with the written consent of a candidate, for election to any one or more of the offices named in
or created under the provisions of Rule 14.1. Such nominations must be sent in writing so as to reach the Secretary no later than 28 days before the published date of the AGM
The Committee shall also have the right make nominations for the election of Officers.
9.3.2 The election of each Officer shall be decided by a majority of votes recorded.
9.3.3 In the event of an equal number of votes being cast for two or more candidates for any office
a further election for that office shall immediately be held between those candidates for
whom the votes cast are equal in number.
If there shall still be equality of votes the members of the retiring Committee present at the
time shall decide who shall from those candidates receiving an equal number of votes in the
second election be the holder of the office concerned for the ensuing year.
9.4 The election of Committee members shall be subject to the following provisions:
9.4.1 Any member shall have the right to make not more than one nomination, with the written consent of the candidate, for election as one of the Committee Members provided for in Rule
15.1.2. Such nominations must be sent in writing so as to reach the Secretary by 30 June.
The Committee shall also have the right to make nominations for the election of Committee
Members without restriction on the number of nominations.
9.4.2 The election of Committee Members shall be decided by a majority of votes recorded.
9.4.3 In the event of an equal number of votes being cast for two or more candidates for the last seat or seats on the Committee
a further election shall immediately be held for the last seat or seats between those candidates for whom the votes cast for such seat or seats are equal in number.
If there shall still be equality of votes the members of the retiring Committee present at the time shall decide who shall from those candidates receiving an equal number of votes
in the second election be the holders of the last seat or seats on the Committee for the ensuing year.
9.5 Proposals for additions or alterations to the Rules or for any other motion to be submitted to
an Annual General Meeting shall be subject to the following provisions:
9.5.1 Any proposal shall be submitted in writing to the Secretary no later than 28 days prior to the published date of the AGM, duly proposed by one Member and seconded by another.
9.5.2 Copies of all such proposals and copies of all proposals put forward by the Committee shall
be sent to all Members with the notice of the Annual General Meeting.
9.5.3 Amendments to any proposal notified to Members under Rule 9.5.2 shall be sent in writing
so as to reach the Secretary duly proposed and seconded not less that twenty-four hours before the time for which the Annual General Meeting in convened.
9.5.4 Amendments duly received in accordance with Rule 9.5.3 shall be added to the agenda by the
Chairman of the Annual General Meeting.
10 Special General Meetings
10.1 The Committee may convene at any time a Special General Meeting by giving to all
Members two clear weeks written notice thereof stating the date, time and venue thereof and
the resolution or resolutions to be moved or other business to be transacted thereat
10.1.1 Amendments to any resolution proposed by the Committee shall be submitted in writing to
the Secretary duly proposed and seconded by Members in the same manner as is prescribed
by Rule 9.5.3 for an Annual General Meeting.
10.1.2 Amendments duly received in accordance with Rule 10.1.1 shall be added to the agenda by
the Chairman of the Special General Meeting.
10.2.2 The Committee shall also convene a Special General Meeting on receipt by the Secretary of
a written requisition so to do, duly signed by not less than 20 Members.
Each requisition must clearly state the specific resolution to be moved.
10.2.3 Amendments duly received in accordance with Rule 10.2.2 shall be added to the agenda by
the Chairman of the Special General Meeting.
11.1 No new rule shall be made, nor shall any Rule be amended or rescinded, except by a special
resolution passed at an Annual General Meeting in accordance with Rule 9.5 or at a Special
General Meeting convened by the Committee in accordance with Rule 10.1
11.2 The Secretary shall register in accordance with the act any new Rule or amendment to these
Rules and no new Rule or amendment to the Rules shall be valid until so registered.
11.3 A copy of the Rules shall be delivered by the Secretary to any person on demand on payment
of such sum (not exceeding ten pence) as may from time to time be determined by the Committee.
1V OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE
12 Powers of the Committee
The affairs of the club shall be administered by the Committee which shall exercise all powers of the Club expressed in Rule 4 and without limiting the generality thereof:
12.1 The Committee shall have power to appoint such Sub-Committees as are considered
necessary to deal with the affairs of the Club.
12.1.1 The Committee shall determine the composition, powers and terms of reference of each
12.1.2 The Chairman of any Sub-Committee shall have a second or casting vote, and the quorum
necessary for the transaction of business by a Sub- Committee shall be one-third of its
appointed members or as the Committee may determine.
12.1.3 A Sub-Committee may exercise the power of co-option subject to the provisions of Rule 12.2.
12.2 The Committee shall have power to co-opt additional members to serve on it provided that
the number of such co-opted members shall not exceed twenty-five per cent of the number of
members elected to hold office on the Committee (the Officers for the purpose of this
computation being deemed to be elected members) and to approve the co-option of
additional members to serve on any Sub-Committee, in both cases either for general or
special service and with or without voting rights.
12.3 The Committee shall not exercise its powers in any way or for any purpose inconsistent with
the objects of the Club.
12.4 The procedure for the conduct of meetings of the Committee shall be prescribed by the
Committee and details thereof shall be kept by the Secretary and be available for inspection
by Members at all reasonable times.
12.5 References in these Rules to any acts or activities or opinion (including, without limitation, decisions, directions, requests, exercises of discretion and the giving of consent)
of the committee shall mean such acts or activities or opinions as shall have been sanctioned
or effected or (as the case may be) expressed by (a) a resolution of the committee or (b) a resolution of the relevant Sub-Committee where the power to act or authority being exercised has been delegated by the committee to a Sub-Committee or (c) the relevant Officer where that power or authority has been delegated by the Committee to an Officer.
13 Committee Members Interests
13.1 Any Committee Member who is in any way, whether directly or indirectly, interested in a contract or proposed contract with the Club shall declare the nature and extent of his interest
at the first meeting of the Committee held after he became so interested.
13.2 Notwithstanding rule 13.1, a general notice given to the Committee that a Committee
Member is to be regarded as having an interest of the nature and extent specified in the notice in any transaction or arrangement in which a specified person or class of persons is interested shall be deemed to be a disclosure that the Committee Member has an interest in any such transaction of the nature and extent so specified.
13.3 Provided that he has disclosed in accordance with this rule any material interest of his, a Committee Member:
13.3.1 May be party to, or otherwise interested in, any transaction or arrangement with the Club or in which the Club is otherwise interested;
13.3.2 May be a director or other office of, or employed by, or party to any transaction or arrangement with, or otherwise interested in, any body corporate promoted by the Club or in which the Club is otherwise interested; and
13.3.3 Shall not, by reason of his office, be accountable to the Club for any benefit which he derives from any such office or employment or from any such transaction or arrangement or from any interest in any such body corporate and no such transaction or arrangement shall be liable to be avoided on the ground of any such interest or benefit.
14.1 The officers of the Club shall be a President, a Secretary, an Honorary Treasurer, the Immediate Past President and such other Officers as the Club may in General Meeting from time to time determine.
14.2 The Officers of the Club shall be elected at each Annual General Meeting in accordance with Rule 9.3.
14.3 Each Officer on election at an Annual General Meeting shall hold office from the end of that
Meeting until the end of the next Annual General Meeting but shall be eligible for re-election
from year to year.
14.4 If any such offices fall vacant between one Annual General Meeting and the next such
vacancy shall be filled by the Committee for the period of the vacancy.
15.1 The Committee shall consist of:
15.1.1 The Officers; and
15.1.2 Seven members (or such other number not exceeding twenty as may be determined from time to time by the Club in General Meeting) duly elected in accordance with Rule 9.4. A member of the Committee shall hold office from the end of the Annual General Meeting, at which he is elected until the end of the following Annual General Meeting and shall be eligible for re-election from year to year.
15.2 The Committee shall each year elect its own Chairman for the ensuing year to hold office from the date of the Annual General Meeting until the date of the following year’s Meeting.
He may hold any other office in the Club at the same time and shall be eligible for re-election
from year to year
15.3 The quorum of the meeting of the Committee shall be seven (or such other number as
may be determined from time to time by the Club in General Meeting) and the
Member elected to take the Chair shall be entitled to exercise a second or casting vote.
15.4 If a vacancy shall occur for an elected Member of the Committee between one Annual General Meeting and the next such vacancy shall be filled by the Committee.
15.5 If a member of the Committee shall commit an offence under Rule 6.11 or shall be
adjudged bankrupt or if a court order is made appointing a receiver to administer such
Member’s property such Member shall thereupon cease to be a Member of the Committee.
15.6 Committee Members shall receive no remuneration for serving on the Committee other that
the payment of authorised expenses for carrying out their duties.
16 Vice- Presidents
The Committee may each year nominate for election at the Annual General Meeting as Vice-Presidents of the Club such Member or Members
as they consider should receive special recognition for services to the Club. Any Member so elected shall remain a Vice-President until ceasing to be a Member
The position of Vice-President shall not carry any rights or obligations and in particular a Vice-President shall not be an Officer or a Member of the Committee
unless separately elected as such.
17 Club Finance
17.1 The Club’s income shall be obtained annually from the subscriptions of Members, from investments and securities, from gate monies and ticket receipts from matches arranged by the Club at the Ground, from the letting of the Ground, from sponsorship and from any other available source.
17.2 The profits of the Club shall be applied only in furthering the objects of the Club. No
distribution of Club assets, in cash or in kind shall be made to Members or third parties but
this shall not prevent donations by the Club to registered charities or to any Community
Amateur Sports Clubs.
17.3 The Club shall not have power to receive money on deposit from Members or others.
17.4 A Financial Statement of the Club’s affairs shall be made up to 31st August each year (or such other date as may be determined from time to time by the Club in General Meeting)
and shall be signed by the Honorary Treasurer, the Secretary and one Member of the Committee. An audit, where necessary in law or where the membership require, shall be carried out by a qualified auditor, or where the conditions applicable for appointing lay auditors apply, by 2 or more lay auditors, and a printed copy of the signed Financial Statement, together with the Auditors’ report thereon, shall be sent to each Member with the notice calling an Annual General Meeting.
17.5 The Club may participate in a direct debiting scheme as an originator for the purpose of collecting subscriptions for any category of membership and/or any other amounts due to the Club. In furtherance to such a scheme the Club may enter into an indemnity required by the bank upon whom direct debits are to be originated and such indemnity may be executed on behalf of the Club by the Secretary or as otherwise determined pursuant to these Rules.
Each Member shall, according to membership category, pay to the Club on 1st September (or such other date as may be determined by the Club in General meeting) such annual subscription as the Committee may from time to time determine.
19 Match Tickets
19.1 Tickets to the Ground for matches arranged by the Club shall be under the control of the Committee and shall be sold at prices fixed by the Committee (without any provision for repurchase by the Club) to Members or as the Committee may direct, and the Committee shall allocate such tickets on an equitable basis.
19.2 Tickets to the Ground for representative and other matches for which the Ground is let shall be under the joint control of the Committee and the organisers of the match concerned.
19.3 The Committee shall have power to issue such season and other tickets, on such terms with such privileges and to such persons as it may from time to time determine.
20.1 The provisions of the Act relating to the appointment, powers, rights, remuneration, responsibilities and duties of the Auditors shall be compiled with.
20.2 The Auditors where appointed shall be entitled to attend and General Meetings and to receive all notices of and other communications relating thereto which any Member is entitled to receive, and to be heard at any General Meeting on any part of the business which concerns them as auditors.
VI STATUTORY PROCEDURES
21 Registered Office
21.1 The registered office of the Club shall be at the Ground or at such other location in England as the Committee may from time to time otherwise determine.
21.2 Notice of any change in the situation of the registered office shall be given by the Secretary to the FSA within fourteen days after the change.
22 Use of the Name of the Club
22.1 The name shall be kept painted or affixed in a conspicuous position and in letters which are easily legible on the outside of every office or place in which the activities of the Club are carried on.
22.2 The name shall be stated in legible characters in all business letters of the Club, in all notices, advertisements and other official publications of the Club, in all bills of exchange, promissory notes, endorsements, cheques and orders for money or goods purporting to be signed by or on behalf of the Club and in all bills, invoices, receipts and letters of credit of the Club.
22.3 Save with the authority of the Committee, the name of the Club shall not at any time be used by any Member in any document or advertisement issued or published by, or on behalf of or with the authority of that Member in such a way as to indicate or imply that Such document or advertisement was issued or published by or on behalf of the Club or the Committee .
The Club shall have its name engraved in legible characters on a seal which shall be kept in the custody of the Secretary and shall be used only under the authority of the committee which may determine who shall countersign any instrument to which the seal is affixed and unless otherwise so determined it shall be countersigned by any two of the officers.
24 Register of Members
24.1 The Club shall keep at its registered office a Register of Members and Officers in which the secretary shall enter the following particulars:
24.1.1 The name and address of each Member.
24.1.2 A statement of the share held by each Member and the amount paid therefore.
24.1.3 A statement of other property, if any, in the club held by each Member whether in loans or otherwise.
24.1.4 The date on which each Member was entered into in the Register as a Member and the date on which a Member ceased to be a Member.
24.1.5 The names and addresses of the Officers of the Club with the offices held by them respectively and the date on which they assumed and left office.
24.1.6 The Register of Members and officers shall be so constructed that it is possible to open to inspection the particulars entered pursuant to Rules 24.1.1, 24.1.4 and 24.1.5 without also opening to inspection the other particulars entered the Register.
25 Inspection of Books
All members and persons having an interest in the funds of the Club shall be allowed to inspect their own accounts and the particulars entered in the Register of Members and Offices other than those entered under Rules 24.1.2 and 24.1.3 at all reasonable hours at the registered office of the Club subject to such regulations as to the time and manner of such inspection as may be made from time to time by a resolution passed at a general Meeting.
26 Annual return
26.1 Every year not later than the date provided by the Act or where the return is made up to the date allowed by the FSA not later than seven months after such date the secretary shall send to the FSA the annual return in the form prescribed by the FSA relating to the affairs of the Club for the Period required by the Act to be included in the return together with a copy of the Financial Statement of the Club with the report of the Auditors where applicable thereon for the period in the return and a copy of each balance sheet made during that period and the report of the Auditors where applicable on that balance sheet.
26.2.1 A copy of the latest annual return shall be supplied free of change on demand to every member or other person interested in the funds of the Club.
27 Publication of Accounts
The Club shall keep a copy of the last balance sheet for the time being together with the Report made by the Auditors where applicable thereon always hung up in a conspicuous place at its registered office.
These Rules shall take effect on and from the date of their registration pursuant to and in accordance with the provisions of Section 2 of the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965.
In the event of it becoming necessary for the Members to discontinue the activities of the Club and to dissolve the Club under the provisions of the Act, its funds and property shall not be paid or distributed amongst the Members but shall be appropriated or distributed for the benefit of the governing body for the time being of the Game or for such Community Amateur Sports Club or charity as may be approved by the Members in general meeting.
30.1 Save for those persons who are admitted to membership under Rule 6.13 no person may be admitted to membership without an interval of a t least two days between the dates of nomination and admission.
30.2 Subject to such restrictions as may be imposed from time to time by the committee in any regulations:
30.2.1 The Ground shall be open during such hours as the Committee may decide and intoxicating liquor shall be supplied during such hours as may be fixed by the Committee and contained in the Operating Schedule set out in the Clubs premises Licence as required by law, but the Committee shall have power to close the Ground or any part thereof and/or to reduce the hours of supply of intoxicating liquor from time to time on affixing notice thereof on the Club’s notice board.
30.2.2 Members may introduce and entertain Guests at the Ground
30.2.3 Provision is hereby made for the admission to any premises on the Ground in respect of which the Club is registered under the Licensing Act 2003 (or any statuary modification or re-enactment thereof) of persons other that Members or their guests and for sale of intoxicating liquor to them by or on behalf of the Club for consumption on such premises.
For the avoidance of doubt every Member of the Club who at the date these Rules take effect pursuant to Rule 28 holds office or positions in any capacity in the Club (including the position of Vice-Presidents) shall continue to hold the same office or position following registration. Such Members shall have the same seniority, dates of appointment, dates of retirement and the like after registration as before registration, subject only to such changes as are necessary by virtue of these Rules. The Trustees under the Former Rules of the Club shall, until they have fully discharged their duties, remain as Trustees upon those of the former Rules which relate to Trustees, varied only insofar as these Rules necessarily require.
Each Officer (including under the former rules of the Club the Trustees) and employee of the Club and each person who was or is from time to time a member of the Committee or any Sub-Committee shall (to the extent that such person is not entitled to recover under any policy of insurance) being entitled to indemnified out of any and all funds available to the Club, which may lawfully be so applied, against all costs, liens, chares, expenses and liabilities whatsoever incurred by such person in the execution and discharge of duties undertaken on behalf of the Club, or in relation thereto, or incurred in good faith in the purported discharge of such duties, including any liability incurred in initiating prosecuting or defending any proceedings, civil or criminal, which relate to anything done or omitted as an officer or employee or as a Member of the Committee or any Sub-Committee as the case may be.
Any notice or other communication or document sent by first class post to a Member, Officer, or Member of the Committee shall be treated as giving twenty-four hours notice after the time when it was posted
Every Dispute of the type specified in section 60 of the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965 or any amendment, modification or re-enactment thereof (not being one in respect of which the decision falls to be made in some other way under these Rules) shall be referred to the arbitration of a single arbitrator (pursuant to the arbitration act for the time being in force) to be appointed in default of agreement between the parties to the dispute by the President (or failing whom one of the other Officers) for the time being of the Union.
Subject to the provisions of the Act any difference of opinion as to the interpretation of these Rules or any matter not provided for therein shall be decided by the Chairman of a General Meeting at such a meeting or by the Committee in every other circumstances, and every such decision shall be recorded in the minutes and shall be accepted as the true meaning until thereafter otherwise interpreted on due notice at a subsequent General Meeting.
36 Child Protection Policy
Wath Brow Hornets Amateur Rugby League Football Club, in conjunction with the sport of Rugby League and Social Services, want to make sure that all young players (Young Persons), are protected and kept safe whilst they are in the care of officials representing this Club.
We will do this by:
Adopting and adhering to the Rugby League Child Protection Policy and Procedures, The Club will also be bound by the decisions and recommendations of the Rugby League Child Protection Disciplinary Committees.
Making sure that all officials are carefully selected, vetted and where necessary trained.
Ensuring that details of any player’s medical condition are notified to the relevant officials.
Giving parents and player’s information about the clubs aims and ambitions and what they can expect from the Club.
Advising parents of what the Club can expect from them.
Letting parents and players know how to voice their concerns or complain if there is anything they are not happy about.
Appointing, A Child Protection Officer/s within the Club.
Ensuring all club members abide by the Rugby League Code of Ethics and Conduct.
Ensuring that in relation to matters not covered by the Rugby League Child Protection Policy and Procedures, similar standards of care and protection are in place to those young players and young person’s enjoying the facilities and activities of the Club.
37 Schedule of Definitions
“the act” Means the Industrial and Provident Societies Acts 1965-1978 and any Subsequent Acts governing or otherwise affecting Industrial and provident Societies.
“Auditors” Means the auditors of the Club for the time being.
“Club” Means Wath Brow Hornets A.R.L.F.C
“Committee” Means the committee designated in Rule 15 and “Committee Member” or “Member of the Committee” means a member of the Committee for the time being and shall include a person co-opted under Rule 12.2
“Financial Statement “Means a Balance Sheet together with a statement of Accounts showing Income and Expenditure.
“FSA” means the Financial Services Authority or its statuary successor, carrying on its relevant functions.
“Game” Means the game of Rugby League Football
“General Meeting” Means general meeting of Members
“Ground” Means the ground including stands, clubhouse and other buildings built thereon maintained and developed under the provision of Rule 3.5
“RFL” Means the Rugby Football League
“RFL Regulations” Means the resolutions and regulations. Relating to the game promulgated by the RFL from time to time.
“Laws of the Game” Means the laws promulgated by RFL from time to time.
“Member” Means a member of the Club
“Officers” Means an officer designated in Rule 14
“Operating Schedule” Means the schedule contained in the Club Premises Licence governing the scope of the Club’s activities under the Licensing Act 2003.
“Premises Licence” Means the Club’s premises licence or Club premises certificate permitting the club to use the Club’s premises for licensable activities under the Licensing Act 2003.
“Regulation” Means a resolution, regulation
or instruction made in accordance with rule 4.12
“Rules” Means the Rules of the Club for the time being registered with
“Secretary” Means the Secretary of the Club for the time being